Perseids Meteor Shower Will Be One Of Year’s Best Sky Shows

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The meteor shower will reach its peak on the nights of August 11 and 12, and the show will get underway around midnight local time.

The Perseids are so-called because the point from which they appear, known as the radiant, lies in the constellation of Perseus. Observers in mid-northern latitudes will have the best views.

According to NASA, the previous night (August 11-12) will also be spectacular. And this coming weekend, another cosmic wonder will be lighting up the sky: hundreds of meteors during the annual Perseid meteor shower.

The Perseids appear to emanate from between the constellations Perseus and Cassiopeia, but to catch them there's really no need to worry about which direction you're looking.

Even though this may be somewhat of a down year, the Perseids still typically are one of the best meteor shows of the year.

However, you can also catch the odd meteor before and after these dates.

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Muscat: The Sultanate is now witnessing the Perseids, which are the most famous meteor showers. That's when the earth will have turned into the meteor stream, which means the show will be just above the horizon line.

"Relax, be patient, and let your eyes adapt to the darkness", J. Kelly Beatty, senior editor of Sky & Telescope magazine, said in a statement.

If you want a better view by getting away from light pollution, there will be a Night Walk 8-10 p.m. Saturday at the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell, where its $3 per vehicle.

What's great about the Perseids is they can be enjoyed during summer's warmth, unlike the often nippy nights during the Leonids of November or Geminids of December. Your meteor rates will be lower, but it's possible to see at least a few of the brightest meteors over the course of a few hours.

The annual show is the result of Earth's proximity to the "gritty" debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, Boyle said in a release.

Dim meteors appear as a momentary flash of light while the brighter ones leave a glowing streak.